Why this petition matters
I believe that marijuana being illegal is against the 14th amendment, therefore unconstitutional. The 14th amendment states: "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the united states; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property" Marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 narcotic by the DEA along side heroin, LSD, ecstasy and magic mushrooms. Marijuana has been proven to be beneficial in several independent studies. Millions of people around the world have experienced prosperity after incorporating marijuana into their lives.
As of 2020 there is an estimated 40,000 people in the United States incarcerated for marijuana related charges. If marijuana were to be legalized thousands of people could be reunited with their families. Millions of more people could experience the same prosperity as others. The government can make more money selling and regulating than arresting an incarcerating people for marijuana. For example, Colorado's GPD has increased an average of 3.6% since 2012 when they legalized marijuana. Oregon has also shown a tremendous increase in GPD since legalizing marijuana in 2014. Since the year 2014 both Colorado and Oregon's incarceration rates have steadily decreased.
Dear, Texas and The United States Legislative branch, The People who have signed this petition agree that Marijuana should be federally legal. The fact thousands of people have been incarcerated and taken away from their lives, liberty and property is unconstitutional. Legalize marijuana to benefit the economy as well as the prosperity of the people.